Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Kansas City, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.
Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Kansas City neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?
Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Kansas City are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.
Here are the best neighborhoods in Kansas City for 2018:
- Arnour Fields (Homes)
- Armour Hills (Homes)
- Morningside (Homes)
- Ward Parkway (Homes)
- Holmes Park (Homes)
- Tower Homes (Homes)
- Foxcroft And Glen Arbor (Homes)
- Central Hyde Park (Homes)
- Highview Estates (Homes)
- Western 49-63 (Homes)
Read on to see how we determined the places around Kansas City that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Kansas City.
If you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Missouri check out:
- 10 Best Places To Live In Missouri
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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Kansas City for 2018?
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Kansas City, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.
Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:
- High incomes
- Low unemployment rates
- Low crime
- High home prices
- High population densities (A proxy for things to do)
We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 107 in each category, where 1 was the best.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.
And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Kansas City.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Arnour Fields.
Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Kansas City has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
1. Arnour Fields
Median Income: $144,375
Median Home Value: $394,000
2. Armour Hills
Median Income: $107,496
Median Home Value: $237,850
Armour Hills is a neighborhood located in Kansas City, Missouri. It is bounded on the west by Brookside Road, on the north by 65th Street, on the east by Oak Street and the south by Gregory Boulevard. The name of this area derives from the fact that the land was owned by members of the Armour family of the Armour and Company.
More on Armour Hills: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $87,789
Median Home Value: $248,000
4. Ward Parkway
Median Income: $79,687
Median Home Value: $194,250
Ward Parkway is a boulevard in Kansas City, Missouri, United States, near the Kansas-Missouri state line. Ward Parkway begins at Brookside Boulevard on the eastern edge of the Country Club Plaza and continues westward along Brush Creek as U.S. Route 56 until it turns southward across the creek just before the Kansas-Missouri state line. It then continues south for four miles, terminating at Wornall Road near West 95th Street.
More on Ward Parkway: Real Estate | Data
5. Holmes Park
Median Income: $75,132
Median Home Value: $184,500
Holmes Park was laid out in the 1880s, and named after Robert J. Holmes, an original owner of the site. A post office called Holmes Park was established in 1890, and remained in operation until 1955.
More on Holmes Park: Real Estate | Data
6. Tower Homes
Median Income: $54,484
Median Home Value: $158,060
7. Foxcroft And Glen Arbor
Median Income: $123,182
Median Home Value: $243,200
8. Central Hyde Park
Median Income: $65,875
Median Home Value: $302,950
9. Highview Estates
Median Income: $73,609
Median Home Value: $195,200
10. Western 49-63
Median Income: $71,140
Median Home Value: $194,200
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Kansas City
If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Kansas City where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Kansas City:
- East Community Team North
- Marlborough East
For more reading, check out:
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Missouri
- 10 Safest Places In Missouri
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Missouri
Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Kansas City
|7||Foxcroft And Glen Arbor||1,111|
|8||Central Hyde Park||1,340|
|12||Central Business District-Downtown||3,817|
|16||Country Lane Estates||1,695|
|17||Red Ridge South||2,893|
|18||Little Blue Valley||4,126|
|22||Blue Hills Estates||1,759|
|25||Blue Vue Hills||2,503|
|26||South Hyde Park||2,042|
|27||Country Club Plaza||1,083|
|37||Eastwood Hills West||1,497|
|40||Saint Catherine’S Gardens||2,886|
|48||Santa Fe Hills||2,175|
|50||North Hyde Park||1,389|
|52||Fairwood And Robandee||3,770|
|57||Norble And Gregory Ridge||1,754|
|61||South India Mound||4,470|
|69||Oak Park Northwest||3,221|
|70||Linden Hills And Indian Heights||2,201|
|72||North Town Fork Creek||3,167|
|74||North India Mound||5,256|
|75||Swope Park Campus||1,416|
|76||Marlborough Heights-Marlborough Pride||3,000|
|78||South Town Fork Creek||1,151|
|79||West Blue Valley||2,086|
|81||South Blue Valley||1,749|
|82||Hickman Mills South||1,449|
|83||Oak Park Southeast||1,448|
|84||Bleheim Square-Research Hospital||1,391|
|85||East Community Team South||3,353|
|87||Eastwood Hill East||3,428|
|92||Central Blue Valley-Park Tower Grade||1,136|
|96||Blue Valley Industrial||1,580|
|98||Oak Park Southwest||1,890|
|99||East Blue Valley||1,692|